After a fantastic Women’s March in Des Moines (26,000 marchers estimated), I was ready for a warm and quiet meal which we did find on the south side at Marlene’s of Sevastopol Station ( which I gather is the name of the modern two-story strip mall Marlene’s is located in and is a former town site annexed by Des Moines – maybe this was a Ukrainian neighborhood?).
We were a bit surprised to find at 7:30 on a Saturday night that they were already “out” of several of our first picks and the service was a bit slow (although our server was very nice and the host, who may have been Marlene, apologized). The food was largely good – spicy crab bisque,Cuban sandwich, good fries, risotto with shrimp appetizer (small portion but that was expected). The Caesar Salad was mediocre. Dessert was pleasant – a scoop of chocolate gelato atop a wedge of sort of moist shortbread. The dining room was chilly for a winter night – concrete floors, plate glass windows, but the live music by a guitarist warmed things up. We’ll give it another go!